Free, in-depth training for Democrats who want to run, work or volunteer on campaigns.

Kelly Dietrich was 18 years into a career training future governors, Members of Congress, and senators how to win their elections. As he traveled the country, he would often run into local candidates who needed help. He’d hear the same questions over and over again, “How do I raise the money I need to win?”, "How do I know how many votes I need to win?”, and “How do I connect with voters?”

Kelly knew the answers, but his kind of insider knowledge wasn’t available to people who were running local campaigns on shoestring budgets: Democrats who were running for school board, city council, or state legislature. This lack of knowledge and training was holding back Democrats who wanted to step up and fight for their communities; it was holding back America.

In 2016, NDTC started making videos, sharing Kelly's successful strategies and tips online with the goal of providing candidates with the free training they needed. Four years later, those homemade training videos have turned into more than 50 courses, hundreds of articles, and an in-person training program that connects candidates, staffers, and local leaders to winning skills and strategies.

Who we are

Emerging or established. Calm or contentious. Any race, anywhere: We want to help. Our team believes passionately that, by empowering Democrats to get involved in local politics, we can help shape the future of progressive politics. This team of focused, knowledgeable individuals work together to achieve our three goals: to improve the performance of every Democrat up and down the ticket, elect more Democrats to offices, and create a deep bench of qualified public servants ready to run for higher office.

There is a LOT to know about running for office and I am very thankful that an organization like NDTC exists to demystify the process and help everyday people be able to run for office, not just the wealthy and powerful!
Amanda Douglas 2018 Candidate, U.S. House of Representatives (OK-1)
My favorite part about training with NDTC is that moment when your group delights in a new idea. You can see it wash over the room, with eyes turned up, sometimes small smiles, but always a distinct buzz of a very particular energy (and sometimes voices) when something new clicks with the group. It is especially fun when it isn’t just one or two people, but most of the room, that has that moment at the same time. You can literally see the effect cascading around the group, and I feel grateful for being a part of those moments.
Andrea Johnson NDTC Trainer
There is minimal chance I would have won in the primary without the NDTC training. My opponent had the experience and knowledge of campaigning. I had no campaign experience, no fundraising experience, and no political experience at all.
Sam Charbonneau Former Candidate for Indiana House of Representatives, District 72

Our Partners

NDTC is proudly collaborative, not competitive. We partner with recruitment organizations, labor unions, trade groups, state parties, and other progressive organizations, and look to grow our list of partnerships and collaborations daily. Here are some of the members of the NDTC network.

#VoteProChoice 314 Action Act Blue AFL-CIO AFSCME AFT Alabama Democratic Party Alabama Democratic Victory Alaska Democratic Party American Maritime Officers (AMO) American Samoa Democratic Party Arena PAC Arizona Democratic Party Arkansas Democratic Party Ascend PAC Barbara Lee Foundation Battleground Texas Beaver County Democratic Party Blue Institute Brevard County Democratic Party Brotherhood of Carpenters & Joiners Brotherhood Of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen Brotherhood of Railroad Signalmen (BRS) California Democratic Party Chicago Votes Citizen She United Clarity Campaign Labs Clinicians for Progressive Care Collective PAC College Democrats of Illinois Color of Change Colorado Democratic Party Connecticut Democratic Party Cook County Young Democrats CWA DCCC Delaware Democratic Party Democracy for America Democratic Municipal Officials Democratic Party of Guam Democratic Party of Orange County District of Columbia Democratic Party DLCC DNC DSCC Emerge America EMILY's List End Citizens United First Ask Florida Democratic Party Gay and Lesbian Victory Institute Georgia Democratic Party GoodWerk Hawaii Democratic Party Idaho Democratic Party IDCCA Illinois Democratic Party Inclusv Incorruptibles Indiana Democratic Party International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE) Iowa Democratic Party JAPAC Kansas Democratic Party Kentucky Democratic Party Latinas Represent Latino Victory LEAD Ohio Leadership for Educational Equity League of United Latin American Citizens Louisiana Democratic Party Maine Democratic Party Marine Engineers' Beneficial Association (MEBA) Maryland Democratic Party Massachusetts Democratic Party Michigan Democratic Party Minnesota Democratic Party Mississippi Democratic Party Missouri Democratic Party Montana Democratic Party National Democratic County Officials National Federation of Democratic Women Nebraska Democratic Party NetRoots Nation Nevada Democratic Party New American Leaders Action Fund New American Leaders Project New Deal Leaders New Hampshire Democratic Party New Jersey Democratic State Committee New Leaders Council New Media Mentors New Mexico Democratic Party New Politics Academy New York Democratic Party North America’s Building Trades Unions (NABTU) North Carolina Democratic Party North Dakota Democratic–Nonpartisan League Party NYSYD Ohio Democratic Party Oklahoma Democratic Party Operative Plasterers' and Cement Masons' International Association (OPCMIA) Oregon Democratic Party Organize Alabama Organizing for Action PCCC Pennsylvania Democratic Party Planned Parenthood Professional Aviation Safety Specialists (PASS) Proviso Young Dems Puerto Rico Democratic Party Rep19 Rhode Island Democratic Party Run for Something Rural Nevada Caucus Rural Virginia Democratic Caucus SEIU She Should Run South Carolina Democratic Party South Dakota Democratic Party Teamsters Union Tennessee Democratic Party Texas Democratic Party The Democracy Labs The Resistance School Truman National Security Project United Mine Workers of America (UMWA) United Postmasters and Managers of America Political Fund (UPMA PAC) USVI Utah Democratic Party Vermont Democratic Party Victory Fund Virginia Democratic Party Vote Run Lead Vote Tripling Washington Democratic Party Washoe County Democrats West Virginia Democratic Party Win Virginia Wisconsin Democratic Party Wyoming Democratic Party